Nikki James Zellner
Carbon monoxide in schools featured on Pantsuit Politics, an Apple Podcast Spotlight selectee
A lot of people dream about getting featured in such press as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, CNN ... but for us grassroots folks, being featured by a program that is deeply aligned with your own values and mission is incredibly rewarding.
I didn't pitch to Pantsuit Politics. And they didn't come looking for me. The connection was made by military spouse business owner and friend who'd been a long time listener of the podcast, and thought this story would be perfect for it. Without telling me, she sent them an email that talked about why it mattered to her, and why this story would matter to their audience. She knew their audience inside and out. She was their audience. It wasn't until they had interest in the interview, that she connected us.
I didn't know if my interview would make the cut. I didn't know if, or when, I'd be "on air." Our conversations started in the Spring. We recorded in the summer. We aired, on September 3, in the fall.
I'm sure I have given, and will continue to give many talks on the modern risk of CO. And how it impacts schools. But this was a different angle.
This was the angle of taking something that happens TO you, and putting forward the energy and work to create solutions FOR others. It's about being a part of the solution, not complaining about the problem. And man, does that sum up how I feel about life.
For those of you who found our story, and this page, through the incredible storytelling of Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers of the nationally-recognized Pantsuit Politics, welcome. I hope that you will use this site as a resource to get more educated (or involved) on the topic of CO in our schools.
As a community, and as individuals, we truly can be the change we wish to see.
You can listen to the full episode here.